APS, SRP, TEP ask customers to cut power use

Arizona electric companies again on Wednesday called upon customers to reduce energy use late in the day to reduce the potential for blackouts, and the call became more urgent when a wildfire near Roosevelt Lake disabled a power line.

Arizona Public Service Co. and Tucson Electric Power Co. had asked customers to conserve from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and repeated the call Wednesday. Salt River Project joined them Wednesday because of the wildfire damage.

Weather forecasts show some parts of the Southwest cooling a few degrees Thursday. That should eliminate the need for the conservation requests in Arizona, although officials said they are making decisions day to day.

During the afternoon and evening hours, customers were encouraged to turn thermostats no lower than 78 degrees, turn off unused lights and delay using major appliances including pool pumps until later.

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